I am hoppin' mad! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the most imporant event in Pentecostalism - The Azusa Steet Revival in Los Angeles. Since I live within a half hour of the original building of the 1906 revival, and I classify myself as a fairly Reformed (read that Reformational) Pentecostal, I thought I might go to some fo the events. That is, until I read the speaker list. The Third Wave Charismatics and Word of Faithers have hijacked it! This is just unbelievable and a great disservice IMO to the original participants of Azusa Street.
Here are some of the Charismatics - all Third Wave except for Francis MacNutt who is one of the original leaders of the 1960's-'70's Charismatic Renewal
George Otis (well..he is kind of 3rd wave)
Word of Faith speakers include:
The women are even luckier. Here is who they are going to hear in the special women meetings:
Gloria Copeland will probably be good. She actually teaches a fairly Christ-centered Bible message. But the others? Representing Pentecostals?
Here are some who will NOT be speaking:
Thomas Trask - head of the Assembly of God denomination. This is the denom. that came directly out of Azusa Street. Why isn't Professor Opal Reddin of one of AoG's Bible Colleges speaking to the women?
And where is Gilbert Patterson? He is the president of the largest black Pentecostal denom. - the Church of God in Christ. He is a fantastic speaker - very Bible and Christ centered and doesn't apologize for what true Pentecostals believe.
Okay, I will give space to the Word of Faith people since they will be having their own meetings at Fred Price's church (the Hagin people are noticeably absent...that will be another post). And, they are after all Pentecostal (mostly) - not Charismatic. But Creflo Dolar? Sigh..............
We've done been hijacked!
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